Should a proposed probe to a metallic asteroid win NASA funding next year, Space Systems/Loral will provide the spacecraft structure and propulsion system.
Exactly five years to the day after Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft sped past Venus without entering orbit, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will try again Dec. 7 to put the probe into orbit around the second planet from the sun.
Buried within the landscape of U.S. partisan conflict lies a wellspring of bipartisan potential that could ignite a new bipartisan era of planetary exploration.
The incoming chairman of the House Appropriations commerce, justice, science subcommittee reiterated a promise to find more funding for NASA’s portfolio of robotic solar system missions.
The NASA inspector general found no major issues with the process used in the Astrophysics, Earth Science and Heliophysics divisions.
Green frequently identifies himself as the chief proponent for planetary science in the U.S. government.
NASA approved extensions for all seven missions that were vetted by senior scientists in the agency’s 2014 senior review of operating planetary science missions.
Following the launch, Orbcomm said all six satellites were healthy in orbit and sending signals.
Scientists have discovered an Earth-sized alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star.
Planet Labs on March 17 said it had secured funding to launch an additional 72 satellites into low Earth orbit in the next 12 months.
The four satellites launched Feb. 11 are destined for Planet Labs’ 28-spacecraft Flock-1 Earth observing constellation.
European scientists have proposed that the Plato as ESA’s next Medium-class mission for launch between 2022 and 2024.
Ames physicists Chris Boshuizen and Will Marshall realized smartphone technology could produce dramatically cheaper, more capable spacecraft.